I posted a long time ago about getting involved during school and whether or not it was a good idea from a time-management standpoint. Now that I have settled into the program and the grad school "way of life," I'm glad I decided to challenge myself and take advantage of as many volunteer, employment and networking opportunities as possible. That's not to say that I don't feel like I have a little bit too much on my plate at times, but I prefer a hectic schedule to one in which I don't have any variation.
The reason I'm happy with my decision is because of the personal and professional opportunities that have come about as a result of being involved beyond simply studying for class. Without reaching outside my comfort zone, I would not be on a path to do some very interesting SCI therapy here in Pittsburgh. I also would not be preparing to complete my summer clinical in England, which is actually a result of this blog.
I can't stress enough the benefits of getting involved to anyone who is in PT school. Whether you're in your first semester or your last year, nothing but opportunities can arise from taking the time to participate in as many different events as possible.